Jumat, 01 Agustus 2014

GOVT RESTRICTS SUBSIDIZED FUEL CONSUMPTION

By Andi Abdussalam 
          Jakarta, Aug 1, (Antara) - The government has regulated the use of subsidized fuels in order to alleviate subsidy burden in the state budget, which in the 2014-2015 period had reached Rp300 trillion.
         It has downsized the volume of subsidized fuels from 48 million kiloliters that had been set in the previous budget of 2014 to 46 million kiloliters in the revised 2014 state budget.
         Beginning this month, the government has restricted locations of refilling stations and time of transactions on subsidized diesel oil and premium gasoline with consumers.
         With effect from August 1, 2014, the government has banned the sale of subsidized diesel oil at fuel stations in Central Jakarta.
         From August 4, diesel oil can only be purchased between 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. in certain regions. The time restriction applies to those regions or provinces that are prone to crime.
         With regard to subsidized premium gasoline, the government has banned its sale at fuel stations located at toll road sections beginning August 6, 2014.
        "From August 6, 2014, premium gasoline services by fuel refilling stations in toll road sections will be abolished," Ibrahim Hasyim of the Downstream Oil and Gas Regulator (BPH Migas) was quoted by detikFinance online media as saying on Thursday.
        Ibrahim said that vehicle drivers need not worry however, because they could still buy other kinds of non-subsidized fuels such as Pertamax and Pertamax Plus.
        "Refilling stations at toll road sections should be selling adequate non-subsidized fuels," he said.

Kamis, 31 Juli 2014

AT LEAST 34 LIVES LOST AT SEA DURING LEBARAN

 By Andi Abdussalam    
          Jakarta, July 31 (Antara) - At least 34 people have died in sea accidents or drowned at beaches in the past three days of the post-fasting Idul Fitri or Lebaran festivities across the country.
         In a major incident, 17 Lebaran revelers died when a ferry sank in the Kapuas River in Central Kalimantan while 7 others were killed in a boat accident in West Sumatra. In Papua and Central Sulawesi provinces, boat accidents also led to 4 deaths.
         As of Thursday, some 51 others were still missing as a result of sea accidents.
         Reports revealed that in West Sumatra, at least six people drowned while swimming in beaches, and several others are still missing.
         "In the past three days, six people have drowned at various beaches in West Sumatra, such as the Artha and Padang beaches," Juanda Sogo, the chief of the operation section of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) for Padang office, West Sumatra, stated in Padang on Thursday.
         Sogo remarked that it was suspected that the victims had drowned as they were not able to swim the high waves at the beaches.
        "As the waves were relatively big, they were dragged from the beach lines," Juanda Sogo added.

Rabu, 30 Juli 2014

INDONESIAN HOTSPOTS STILL NEED PROMPT RESPONSE

By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, July 30 (Antara) - Indonesian forest fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra, particularly in Riau Province, where fires have burnt 25 thousand hectares of forest and land this year, still require speedy actions.
         As forest fires are increasing in the two provinces of Riau in Sumatra and West Kalimantan in Kalimantan, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is taking immediate measures.
         "The BNPB took immediate steps after it received information that forest fires were on the rise in the two provinces," BNPB's Head of Data Information Center and Public Relations Sutopo Purwon Nugroho said through an electronic message to Antara on Wednesday.
         The Terra and Aqua Satellites had detected 417 hotspots in Riau Province on Monday last week, indicating an increase in widespread wildfires in the province.
         According to the BNPB data, 417 hotspots were detected in Riau on Monday (July 21) at 5 a.m. local time last week, while a total of 570 hotspots were detected in Sumatra.
         However, data has revealed that the number of hotspots actually have shown a downward trend this week in Riau.
        "The number of hotspots on Tuesday had declined from 133 on Monday in Sumatra, of which 85 have been found in Riau Province," Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Head Said Saqlul Amri told the press.

Selasa, 29 Juli 2014

PEOPLE CONSUME MORE FISH DURING FASTING MONTH

By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, July 29 (Antara) - As fish is one of the staple food items, the demand for processed fish in the country has increased drastically to about 60 percent during the fasting month.
         "During the fasting month and in the face of the Lebaran festivities this year, the demand for processed fish products rose by about 50 to 60 percent," Director General for Processing and Marketing of Fishery Products of the Maritime and Fisheries Affairs Ministry (KKP) Saut Hutagalung remarked on Tuesday.
         However, despite the increase in the demand for processed fishery products, there was no undue escalation in prices as they were under control and the increase only ranged between 20 and 30 percent.
         Indonesia, which had a per capita fish consumption of 30.4 kilograms per annum in 2010 and has begun viewing its maritime sector as a key source of economic gain, has set a fish production target of about 21 million tons this year.

Senin, 28 Juli 2014

'LEBARAN' EXPECTED TO 'REUNITE' PEOPLE AFTER ELECTIONS

By Andi Abdussalam \
          Jakarta, July 28 (Antara) - The Indonesian people appear divided into two camps following the recent presidential election on July 9, 2014, but the post-fasting month Idul Fitri or Lebaran festivities are expected to reunite them.
         The elected president and vice president have emphasized that the Idul Fitri or Lebaran festivities serve as a momentum for the people's 'reunification.'
    The offer to make the Idul Fitri holiday an occasion to 'reunite' and maintain peace was expressed by President-elect Joko Widodo or Jokowi and his running mate, Vice President-elect Jusuf Kalla on the occasion of the current Lebaran festival.

         Besides Jokowi and Kalla, other parties have also expressed keenness to build and maintain national peace and unity.
         According to Jokowi, Idul Fitri, the celebration that marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, is the best time to unify the nation. His running mate, Jusuf Kalla, also echoed his views.

Minggu, 27 Juli 2014

MEAT PRICES JUMP UP ONE DAY BEFORE 'LEBARAN'

By Andi Abdussalam   
       Jakarta, July 27 (Antara) - Beef prices in different parts of the country drastically increased on Saturday, one day before Muslims celebrate the post-fasting Idul Fitri holidays on Monday and Tuesday.
         The price increases varied from one regions to another, from about 10 percent in Jakarta for example to 55 percent in Sukabumi District, West Java.
         The highest increase of beef price one day ahead of the Idul Fitri, or Lebaran day took place in a traditional market in Sukabumi, which rose by about 55 percent from that three days earlier.
         "Today, the local beef  price in traditional market jumped up to Rp150 thousand per kg. However, mixed meat still could be bought at a price of Rp120 thousand per kg," beef trader coordinator at Cibadak traditional market, Suhendi told Antara on Sunday.
         Suhendi explained that the rising beef price was caused by high consumers' demand in the face of the Idul Fitri festivity on Monday. The price of beef in Sukabumi two days earlier was still Rp90 thousand to Rp100 thousand per kg.
         Despite rising prices, traders were overwhelmed to cater consumers' demand because stocks were running short on Sunday.

PUBLIC URGED TO AVOID CONDUCTING 'TAKBIRAN' NIGHT PARADES

 By Andi Abdussalam  
          Jakarta, July 27 (Antara) - After fasting for one month, the Indonesian Muslims will celebrate the post-fasting Idul Fitri festivity, marked with 'takbiran' (recital of God greatness) on Saturday night and Idul Fitri prayers on Monday morning.
         The words of 'Allahu Akbar' (God is great) are echoed by Muslim congregations at mosques and at other places of warships such as 'Musholla' (small mosques).
         In many parts of the country, 'Malam Takbiran' (the night when God greatness is repeatedly recited, that is the night before the Idul Fitri is said the next morning) is usually celebrated in convoys with mobile congregations on different vehicles.
         To maintain security and order, the National Police therefore called on the public to avoid convoys on highways when they celebrate the 'malam tabiran' event on Saturday night.